School Photos with Personality

Timeless & candid school photography in Great Falls, MT for schools, preschools, and daycares who want something different

School photos don't have to be boring!

It IS possible to have great school portraits that capture a child's personality and uniqueness! I work hard at helping kids relax and feel at ease, so they can enjoy having their picture taken while showing off their natural expressions and personality. And parents love the results! These are the type of school portraits you'll be proud to display in your home!

What can you expect from

school photos with Valerie

Smith Photography?

Easy for schools

  • Online ordering - no need to keep track of envelopes or money
  • Pre-written emails - you can send them directly to parents
  • Direct communication with parents - I provide my contact info in all emails for parents and encourage parents to contact me directly with questions
  • Customizable - I'm flexible and work with your schedule and needs


  • Great communication - clear, prompt responses to questions or concerns
  • Reliability - you can count on me to do what I say I'll do, when I say I'll do it

Frame-worthy portraits

  • Multiple poses - each child's gallery contains 2-5 poses, in both color and black & white
  • Indoor backdrops that are simple and classic, in neutral colors like gray
  • Outdoor option - portraits can be done outdoors from late spring to early fall.

Have questions, want to learn more, or ready to book your school?



"These are the best school photos I've seen in a long time. My son's pictures are wonderful!"

-Robbin J.


"Valerie recently took our school photos and we were so pleased with her service. Her setup was quick and the process very organized. I was so impressed with the quality of the photos and efficiency of online ordering. Parents received their prints quickly, and there were many smiles when they saw their photos! I'd highly recommend Valerie Smith Photography."


Great Falls Christian Academy


"You captured the beauty and personality of my daughter just right!"

-Melissa G.


Hi, I'm Valerie!

I'm a photographer and mom of six kids who loves reading, going for walks on the River's Edge trails, and playing the piano.

I understand that each child is unique and special, so my goal as a school photographer is to provide photos of each child that capture a bit of who they really are. I use fun prompts and a bit of conversation to help children relax and feel comfortable so I can capture natural smiles and expressions.

As a mom of six, planning and organizing are some of my strengths. (They have to be!) I have a system for each part of the school photo process, from sending out communication for parents to the photo day itself, plus a simple online ordering process. This ensures a positive experience for both schools and families.

Interested in having your school's photos done outdoors?

School photos can be taken outdoors at your location between late spring and early fall (weather permitting). Outdoor portraits are some of my favorites!

Frequently asked questions


How do parents order photos?

I provide an online proofing gallery with 2-5 images of each child, in color and black & white. Parents can order both prints and digital photos directly from the gallery.

What ages and school sizes can you photograph?

I photograph kids of all ages, from infants to teens. I can work with school sizes from 20- 250 students.

When do you schedule school portraits?

While school photos are traditionally taken in the fall, I can schedule them at any time during the school year. For daycares, summer photos are also an option.

Do you offer group/staff/sibling photos?

Yes. Class photos are available upon request, at no additional charge. Staff photos are also free of charge. I can also do sibling photos.

Ready to book your school's photo day?